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Women campaign for leadership in Laikipia

03 August 2012, 20:27 James Kabotia

The new constitution has brought about a new dispensation on women empowerment all over the 47 counties of Kenya and Laikipia is not an exception.

Mrs. Jane Putunoi believes that she handles life differently and that she is fully destined towards being an inaugural women representative in Laikipia County.

Putunoi attended Materi Girls Centre in Meru and graduated in a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communication in the University of Nairobi.

“I don’t complain at difficult situation but try to make the best out of it. Well, I think high and livesimple, says Mrs. Putunoi.

She is contesting for the women representative seat on a UDF party.

Ms Jane Kagiri is also in the race field with optimism in serving Laikipians in the next devolved government.

Kagiri went to Othaya girls and graduated at the University of Madras, one of the famous public universities located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in India.

"When you take the elevator up, always remember to send it back down to help someone else come up”, says Ms Kagiri.

The aggressive and determined auntie of two is vying for the seat on a GNU party.

Ms Sarah Lekorere is also not an exception in this quest and her gears are set to represent the people of Laikipia.

Lekorere attended Doldol Secondary school and graduated at Egerton University in Nakuru.

“I am a simple woman and I believe that if you empower a woman, you have empowered the entire community”, says Ms Lekorere.

The fully-fledged Lekorere says she is happy to serve God thro mankind and she believes that she will make it on a URP party.

Mrs. Irene Wacuka is fully battling it out for women representative seat in Laikipia County and has no qualms of giving up.

Being the current Deputy Mayor of Nyahururu Municipal Council, Wacuka believes she is the best suit candidate for the seat.

“I am a woman of my word who believes in progress and champions for the success and strengthening of the woman in the society”, says Wachuka.

Wachuka backs Hon. Martha Karua and strongly acknowledges that she is bound for the seat on a Narc Kenya party.

Another candid women representative hopeful in this county is Mrs. Hellen Kurutu who also believes that nothing will deter her from serving the people of Laikipia.

“I am involved in many Charities in the entire Laikipia County which have been successful”, says Mrs. Kurutu.

Being the Chairlady of Maendeleo ya wanawake in Laikipia East District and the Vice Charlady of Maendeleo ya wanawake in Laikipia County, Mrs. Kurutu also believes that she is the best suit person to represent women in the region.

The hard working woman says that she will soon declare the party which she will use to clinch on the seat.

Even as women in Laikipia County keep their houses in proper trim, the main question that lingers on every Laikipian mind is where the forthcoming County Government offices will operate from.

However, during a recent meeting held by various aspirants in Nanyuki about the Laikipia we want, five towns namely; Nanyuki, Nyahururu, Mutara, Rumuruti and Doldol were expounded on.

Nanyuki town was said to be at furthest boarder of Nyeri and Meru and that it will not benefit Laikipians much as it has no room for expansion since it has cases of land grabbing.

Nyahururu town was also said to have similar disadvantages to Nanyuki on land grabbing cases and inadequate land for expansion.

Mutara town was said to be the centre for Boran breeding in Africa but has only few structures and that the land left for expansion is too small.

Doldol town was said to be so much on the north and that it lacks basic infrastructure like electricity and poor road network.

However, it was said that the ongoing LAPPSET will pass near Rumuruti town and that the town has room for expansion. It was also praised for being near Turkana South where the oil was discovered and that the centre is easy to connect to other constituencies in the county.

The ultimate decision on whom to represent women in the forthcoming devolved government, which is a new dawn for them, depends on the residents of Laikipia at the ballot box.

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